Deputy Manager Job Description

More About The Role

Responsible to the Playscheme Manger, this role will see you supporting the Playscheme Manager to work with and lead a team of Playworkers to ensure a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children aged 4-11 who attend the setting after school.

Breakfast Club - The children arrive throughout the session and are offered breakfast on arrival. This can be anything from cereal to toast and waffles! Once they've had their breakfast they are free to play. Our team then take the children to their classrooms for the start of the school day.

Afterschool Club - When the children have been collected/arrived from their classrooms, they are offered a light snack which is prepared by a member of our team. From there, they will spend the afternoon engaging in supported free play and have the opportunity to take part in the adult led activity for that day, which would usually be craft or cookery. They are given a further small snack at around 16:45.

Working in a team, you will be required to deliver the session, including managing refreshments, playing with the children and arranging the daily activity. Staff take it in turns to take responsibility for each area which means every session is different!

More detail on the key responsibilities, the type of person we're looking for, and our application process can be found below.

Clubland is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. Any appointment will be subject to rigorous safeguarding checks.

Key Responsibilities

  • Deliver a high standard of care to the children attending the setting, upholding the Playwork Principles and ensuring the delivery of Early Years (EYFS) welfare requirements. This is inclusive of being a ‘Key Person’ to a child in the EYFS framework and acting as a positive role model to all children, ensuring they feel welcome and valued at the setting.
  • Support the Playscheme Manager in the daily running of the setting.
  • Oversee and support safe and appropriate free play for all children in attendance at the setting.
  • Prepare and deliver daily craft, cookery and/or sports activities on rotation with colleagues.
  • Prepare and deliver refreshments for the children on arrival at the setting and mid-session.
  • Support with administrative tasks in relation to the management and development of the setting such as record management, activity planning, staff rotas, stock management and risk assessments.
  • Ensure the health and wellbeing of the children in attendance through effective risk management and delivery of first aid as and when required.
  • Communicate and liaise with parents/carers and school staff in order to ensure the children’s mental and physical wellbeing, that EYFS children achieve their areas of development and to establish a strong working relationship.
  • Attend planning and training sessions as appropriate ensuring that relevant qualifications required for the post are maintained.
  • Support the efficient upkeep of the setting inclusive of maintenance and cleanliness, furnishings and fittings.
  • Act as a mentor to staff and support the Playscheme Manager in motivating, upskilling and leading the team to ensure high levels of engagement and commitment to deliver quality care to children at the setting.
  • Act in accordance with current legislation, policy and procedure in relation to the delivery of the business needs.
  • Stand in for the Playscheme Manager in their absence.
  • Perform other duties as requested by the Senior Management Team.

Person Specification

  • Qualifications
    • No essential qualifications required
  • Skills
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Creativity, imagination and inventiveness
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Self-motivated and flexible
    • Ability to use own initiative, judgement and common sense
    • Planning and organisational skills
    • Leadership skills
  • Experience
    • Working with children
    • Working as part of a team
    • Risk management
    • Age appropriate activity planning
  • Knowledge
    • Understanding of the Playwork Principles
    • Understanding of Safeguarding and types of abuse
    • Awareness of the Early Years welfare requirement
  • Values
    • Caring and empathetic
    • Commitment to equal opportunities
    • Committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
    • Reliability


  • Qualifications
    • Level 1 or 2 NVQ in Childcare or Playwork
    • Paediatric First Aid
    • Basic Food & Hygiene
    • Safeguarding / Child Protection
  • Skills
    • IT literate
    • Excellent verbal and written skills
    • High attention to detail
  • Experience
    • One year working with children
    • Working with EYFS children
    • People management
    • Record management
    • Stock management
  • Knowledge
    • Comprehension of Ofsted requirements
    • Understanding of the Childcare Act 2006
  • Values
    • Passion for child development